Welcome back! Well, to some of you, anyway. To the rest of you, glad you decided to stop by and I hope this humble column helps you navigate the stacks of new releases each week. My goal is to point you toward titles of interest and warn you away from those films that seek to do nothing but leech away your time and give you nothing in return.
Full disclosure: I have not seen many of these titles, and what follows are not necessarily reviews, but opinions based upon what I know of the titles I pluck from the new release lists I peruse. The opinions I give based on the new releases are my own, and my recommendations are based on my personal interest. In any case, I hope you enjoy and perhaps find something you like or a title to point me towards.
The Evil Dead. A true classic of the genre. Sam Raimi came out swinging right out of the gate with this one. This horror film tinged with comic touches gleefully goes over the top as a small group of friends deal with the evil released by the Necronomicon while spending a weekend at an old cabin. I recently had the opportunity to see this on the big screen and it was spectacular. I never realized just how much stuff hits Bruce Campbell in the face — blood, ooze, and other junk is always landing on him. The movie is a blast and I look forward to seeing how it looks in high definition. Of course, this is just the first Blu-ray release and if history has taught us anything it is that Anchor Bay will repackage this a few more times before the next format takes over. Still, I do want to hear that new Bruce Campbell commentary that is on this disk.
Sons of Anarchy: Season Two. I began watching this series last season and was immediately hooked. The idea of a man trying to balance being a parent and being in a biker gang, keeping a foot in two very different worlds, not to mention navigating the dangerous waters around the gang and what it might mean to non-gang loved ones is an interesting one. It has a good cast and features good performances. I look forward to what season three will bring us.